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HCV Treatment Costs Benefit/Cost Ratio
  For an individual HCV patient, a cure can be quite literally priceless, Andrea Branch, Mt Sinai, said to MedPageToday -- the gift of life. But how do cost and benefit play out across the whole healthcare system?........one study found that the average annual health care cost [http://www.natap.org/2012/HCV/121812_03.htm] for a patient with HCV was $24,176 -- but the expense rose markedly with advanced disease, reaching $59,995 among patients with end-stage liver disease.......Branch and her students looked back at 147 patients treated in their hospital with telaprevir, plus peginterferon and ribavirin, and asked how much a cure cost see link below to Branch's study.
Bottom line? The median cost of treatment was $83,509 -- about 65% of that for telaprevir -- but only 44% of patients achieved an SVR, so that the per-cure cost was a whopping $188,859
On a broad scale, the equation is simple, Reau said: "People with hep C cost money."
Sticker Shock and the Price of New Therapies for Hepatitis C: Is it worth it? - (02/07/14)...... Hepatology Feb 3 2014, Nancy S. Reau, MD, Donald M. Jensen, MD
Branch study: According to a poster presentation at 2013's AASLD the cost of a telaprevir SVR[which can be up to 48-weeks therapy] was $189,000 [http://www.natap.org/2013/AASLD/AASLD_103.htm], but this was with telaprevir plus peg/r Rbv, but if you read the linked to report above you will see a considerable amount of the expenses will not be necessary including extra costs for those that did not achieve SVR and had continued lab & other costs.
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